Clara Loisch (2017 recipient):
Thanks to the financial support provided by the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, I was able to attend my first NFA convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the convention, I gleaned so many insights into the art of our craft as flute players. I was struck by the NFA’s broad exploration of advanced flute topics, quality masterclasses, and inspiring concerts. One of the most beneficial aspects of attending the convention was being able to observe world-renowned flute players in person. I had the opportunity to watch William Bennett in a masterclass, speak to leading flute players such as Leone Buyse and Bonita Boyd, and glean tips from the principals in the Los Angeles and Chicago symphony orchestras. In addition, I learned about the quality of tone and technique I should strive toward. It was an unforgettable experience, and I will carry the lessons learned at this convention with me far into the future. I am so grateful for the opportunities provided by this scholarship and strongly encourage all serious flutists to consider applying.
Taylor Gaines (2015 recipient):I am so grateful to have been a recipient of the Fances Blaisdell Scholarship, without which I would not have been able to attend the convention at any point during my college career. The conference was both educational and inspiring to me a flutist and as a Music Education student. I learned so much about music advocacy programs, the flutist’s well-being, and flute technique that I was able to put to use upon returning home, and I had the privilege of listening to some of the best flutists the world has to offer in concert. I was able to attend and take notes in masterclasses given by Marianne Gedigian and Jonathan Keeble, both of which were immensely helpful and inspirational. Being able to finally attend the National Flute Association conference was a very special and inspirational experience, and I hope to attend many more in the future.
Melissa Cheng (2013 recipient):
It was such an honor to be a Blaisdell Scholar. I am grateful to Frances Blaisdell for paving the way for female flutists in the professional orchestra world. Because of the scholarship I was able to have valuable and memorable experiences at the 2013 Convention, including playing in a masterclass with Marianne Gedigian and competing in the High School Competition.
I am now a rising junior at Boston University studying with Renee Krimsier. My time at the convention really inspired and motivated me to pursue my dream of becoming a professional flutist. Hearing all the musicians at the convention and learning more about their backgrounds, including Frances Blaisdell, has shown me that hard work and perseverance are the key to success.
Hannah Hammel (2012 recipient):
I am so grateful for being a recipient of the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship from the National Flute Association. I received this in 2012 and was able to attend the convention for the first time. At the convention, I played in a masterclass for Peter Lukas-Graf as a winner of the Masterclass Performer Competition. That was an incredible experience and I learned so much. That summer I also met Leone Buyse. Since then, I have taken a lesson with her and applied to study with her at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music where I will be attending next year. I am so appreciative for the scholarship and for the opportunities it enabled me to have.